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Freeze to become Ole Miss head coach

Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:00 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 8:32 am
After leading an Arkansas State program that hadn't had a winning season since 1995, to a 10-2 record this year, Hugh Freeze informed his players at a Monday morning meeting that he has accepted the head coaching job at Ole Miss, a source told CBS. 

Freeze takes over a Rebels program that is coming off a brutal 2-10 year, its worst season in school history. He replaces Houston Nutt, who was fired after four seasons at Ole Miss. The Rebels are in the midst of a school-record 14-game losing streak in SEC play. They were hammered by Vanderbilt, lost 30-13 to Kentucky and blasted 27-7 by Louisiana Tech at the Rebels homecoming weekend. They were 11th in the SEC in scoring offense and 12th in the league in scoring defense. Under Nutt recruiting had lagged, where many of the top signees he landed either never made it to Oxford or fizzled and ended up leaving the program.

Freeze, known for running his up-tempo offensive system, will return to Oxford, where he coached for three seasons while he was an assistant on Ed Orgeron's staff. He had been the Rebels interim head coach in the transition after Orgeron was fired, but was not kept on staff after Nutt was hired.

In 2010, Freeze sparked a big improvement after joining the Red Wolves as offensive coordinator, turning a unit that had been 95th in scoring and turning it No. 43 nationally. Still, the team only went 4-8. Head coach Steve Roberts was fired, but Freeze stayed on, getting promoted to head coach. Prior to coming to the Sun Belt school, he spent two seasons at NAIA Lambuth, where he went 20-5.

Before getting into college coaching, Freeze coached for 13 years at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis. At one point, his teams went to six consecutive state championships. A Senatobia, Miss. native, Freeze did not play college football, but did graduate with a mathematics degree from Southern Miss.

Expect several of the members of Freeze's staff from Arkansas State to come with him to Oxford.
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Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:42 pm

Freeze to become Ole Miss head coach

LOL! WillisWG, that's pretty funny coming from a UT fan whose team finished 1-7 in SEC play and lost to Kentucky! Keep those brilliant comments coming, Rocky Top.

Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:49 pm

Freeze to become Ole Miss head coach

One of O's boys. Funny stuff. Don't let what Ed taught you get you in trouble or Col Reb Is Crying will become your tag.

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:04 am

Freeze to become Ole Miss head coach

your a f$%#ING moron when did saban beg anybody to play in the national championship game he said vote for who you think should go, sure he wanted them to vote for the tide just like the other schools coaches wanted people to vote for there schools, and just in case you didnt know the sec tried to get a playoff system and the big 12 rejected it, so the 2 best teams will decide it on the field while your weak team is at home roll tide roll

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:16 pm

Freeze to become Ole Miss head coach

Let's not get carried away with this hire.  Freeze was there before, when Orgeron was the head coach.  Ole Miss had a record of 10-26 during those three years.  Ole Miss has played in exactly two bowl games in the past 8 seasons.  That is the worst record in the SEC Wes, and ties for the worst record in the SEC overall for the past 8 years.  Anyone who expects anything out of Ole Miss in the next 3 years is dreaming.  Freeze is facing a big rebuilding job at Ole Miss.

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:47 pm

Freeze to become Ole Miss head coach

Anybody that says that Ole Miss doesn't have the resources or tradition are smoking crack.  Ole Miss has three-four seasons where they win 8-9 ball games and then they go down the toilet for a year or two.  They always bouce back . . . . unlike your Vandy, Kentuckys, and for the most part Mississippi State.  Hugh Freeze is an excellent hire I would say and I wouldn't be surprised to see Ole Miss vying for SEC West titles down the road.   

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:44 pm

Freeze to become Ole Miss head coach

Go BlackBears

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:43 pm

Freeze to become Ole Miss head coach

Yes this is the best they can do,  IT"S OLE MISS!  What would you expect, they don't have the money to hire a "name" after paying Nutt the buyout plus with all the openings around the country, a bottom tier school in the SEC who has no shot of ever winning the conference, who really would want this job.  Larry Fedora turned it down, and Smart didn't want it either.  Ole Miss is the welfare school of the SEC.

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:15 pm

Freeze to become Ole Miss head coach

I really put my trust in Archie and the rest of the committee that headed up the search for the new Ole Miss head coach. I'm going to try not be negative, but is this the best that Ole Miss can come up with?

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:54 am

Freeze to become Ole Miss head coach

They don't have the resources or the tradition

I'm not an Ole Miss fan, but they have had 6 SEC championships and 4 national championships (as awarded by various groups or polls before the BCS system) in the past.  Under coach John Vaught from 1947 through 1970, they won 75% of their games.  But that was mostly in segregated SEC football.  They have struggled in the last 40 years while managing to have a handful of 8 or 9 win seasons in that time.



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:40 am

Freeze to become Ole Miss head coach

Nothing sadder than watching Saban on ESPN begging for a chance to lose to LSU again. Or even worse listening to Vern Lundquist of CBS begging for Alabama. CBS and ESPN sold out the fans for SEC cash! Google boycott BCS and quit watching this garbage. National Championships should be decided on the field not by $$$$ from the SEC.

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